Diane Kruger

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Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger Peabody 2014 (cropped).jpg
Kruger at the Peabody Awards in 2014
BornDiane Heidkrüger
(1976-07-15) 15 July 1976 (age 38)
Algermissen, West Germany
OccupationActress, model
Years active1992–present
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Spouse(s)Guillaume Canet (2001–2006)
Partner(s)Joshua Jackson (2006–present)
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Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger Peabody 2014 (cropped).jpg
Kruger at the Peabody Awards in 2014
BornDiane Heidkrüger
(1976-07-15) 15 July 1976 (age 38)
Algermissen, West Germany
OccupationActress, model
Years active1992–present
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Spouse(s)Guillaume Canet (2001–2006)
Partner(s)Joshua Jackson (2006–present)

Diane Kruger (German pronunciation: [diˈa:nə ˈkru:ɡɐ]; born Diane Heidkrüger; 15 July 1976) is a German actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen in Troy, Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure and its sequel, Bridget von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds, Anna in Mr. Nobody, The Seeker/Lacey in The Host, and Gina in Unknown. As of July 2013, she stars as Detective Sonya Cross in the FX television series The Bridge. In 2005, she was ranked 50th on the Maxim Hot 100 Women.

Early life[edit]

She was born as Diane Heidkrüger on 15 July 1976 in Algermissen, Germany, in the west near Hildesheim, the daughter of computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, and his wife, Maria-Theresa, a bank employee.[2] She was brought up Roman Catholic[3] and attended Catholic school.[4] She has stated that one of her grandmothers was Polish.[5]

She was brought up in Germany with her younger brother, Stefan. Her mother sent her to student exchange programmes when she was a teenager to improve her English.[6] As a child, Kruger wanted to become a ballerina[7] and successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London. However, after an injury ended her ballet career prematurely, Kruger moved to Paris and turned her energy toward modelling and learning French.


Diane Kruger, Cannes Film Festival 2009

In 1992, Kruger represented Germany in the Elite Model Look[8] and started modelling afterwards. Despite her relatively small frame for a model, she managed to add prestigious bookings such as advertisements from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Burberry and Louis Vuitton; runway shows from Marc Jacobs, D&G and Sonia Rykiel as well as appearances on the cover of Vogue Paris, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan to her modeling repertoire.[1] She gradually stopped modelling after deciding to pursue a career in acting.

Acting career[edit]

Kruger soon became interested in acting and took lessons at the Cours Florent. She landed some small appearances in several French films. She made her film debut in 2002, opposite Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert in The Piano Player, a TV film by Jean-Pierre Roux. Her first major acting role was the same year when she starred in her then husband's directorial début Mon Idole.

Kruger at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

She played Julie Wood in 2003's Michel Valliant and Lisa in Wicker Park (2004), alongside Josh Hartnett and Rose Byrne. One of her more high-profile roles to date is her portrayal of Helen of Sparta in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. She was ranked 50th on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005.[9] In 2004, Kruger starred with Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean (who co-starred with her in Troy) in the film National Treasure, going on to appear in films Joyeux Noël (2005) and Copying Beethoven (2006). She reprised her role as Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, released in December 2007.

Kruger was the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[10] Kruger was a jury member of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008. The festival is chaired by Costa Gavras.

In 2009, she co-starred as a German actress turned Allied spy in Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds. In December 2009, she announced the nominations of the 67th Golden Globe Awards and also picked up nominations from the Screen Actors' Guild for Best Supporting Actress and Outstanding Performance by a Cast of a Motion Picture for her role in Inglourious Basterds.[11]

Kruger played Anna in Jaco Van Dormael's Mr. Nobody. Critical response has praised the film's artistry and Kruger's acting.[12] Kruger made a cameo appearance in an April 2010 episode of the Fox show Fringe, in which her boyfriend, actor Joshua Jackson, is a star. In 2010, Kruger also appeared in Mark Ronson's music video for "Somebody to Love Me", where she plays Boy George.

In the 2011 film Unknown, Kruger starred as Gina, a Bosnian illegal immigrant and key character alongside leading actor Liam Neeson.[13] It was also announced in 2011 that Kruger had replaced Eva Green in the role of Marie Antoinette in the French-language film, Les Adieux à la Reine.[14]

In 2012, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[15] She starred in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel The Host, which was released in March 2013.[16] More recently, Kruger portrayed El Paso, Texas, police officer Sonya Cross on FX's The Bridge, which aired in 2013.[17]


Kruger at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival

Kruger is a brand ambassador for Swiss watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre.[18] In December 2009, she was announced as the global "spokesmodel" of L'Oréal.[19] It was announced in May 2010 that she would become the latest face for Calvin Klein's newest fragrance line, Beauty.[20]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, she began dating French actor and director Guillaume Canet.[21] They were married on 1 September 2001.[22] They acted together in 2005's Joyeux Noël, but divorced in 2006, though they remain friends.[23] Kruger later said that the marriage was not successful because their careers had kept them occupied in different parts of the world.[24]

She has been in a relationship with actor Joshua Jackson since 2006.[25] During an interview with magazine Glamour, she said, "Without sounding pessimistic, I learned that I don't believe in marriage. I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart. There's no paper that will make you stay. A guy friend of mine said, and it made a lot of sense, that people should get married at the end of the road, not the beginning."[26]

Besides German, Kruger speaks English and French fluently. She is a friend of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.[27] Kruger divides her time between Paris, Germany and Vancouver. As of May 2013, she was living in Los Angeles for her role in The Bridge.

Kruger is a permanent resident of the United States.[28]


2001Point de lendemainShort subject
2002DuellesSabineTV episode, Mauvaise conduite
2002The Piano PlayerErika
2002Ni pour ni contre (bien au contraire)The call-girlNot for, or against (quite the contrary)
2002Mon IdoleClara BroustalWhatever You Say
2003Michel VaillantJulie Wood
2004Wicker ParkLisa
2004NarcoLa fille du night-club
2004National TreasureAbigail Chase
2005Joyeux NoëlAnna Sørensen
2006Les Brigades du TigreConstance RadetskyThe Tiger Brigades
2006Copying BeethovenAnna Holtz
2007Goodbye BafanaGloria Gregory
2007Days of DarknessVéronica StarL'Âge des ténèbres
2007The Hunting PartyMirjana
2007National Treasure: Book of SecretsAbigail Chase
2008Anything for HerLisa
2009Inglourious BasterdsBridget von Hammersmark
2009Mr. NobodyAnna
2010InhaleDiane Stanton
2010FringeMiranda GreenTV episode: Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.
2010Lily SometimesClaraPieds nus sur les limaces
2011Forces spécialesElsaSpecial Forces
2012Farewell, My QueenQueen Marie Antoinette
2012Un plan parfaitIsabelleA Perfect Plan
2013The HostThe Seeker / Lacey
2013Me, Myself and MumIngeborgLes Garçons et Guillaume, à table!
2013The Better AngelsSarah Bush Lincoln[29]
2013The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to EdenMargret WittmerNarration/voice
2013–2014The BridgeDetective Sonya CrossTV series
2014Midnight SunActressIn production
2015Fathers and DaughtersPre-production;

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2003Cannes Film Festival[30]Chopard Trophy for Female RevelationN/AWon
2004Bambi Award[31]N/AN/AWon
2004Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActressNational TreasureNominated
2007Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress – Action, AdventureNational Treasure: Book of SecretsNominated
2009Broadcast Film Critics AssociationBest CastInglourious BasterdsWon
2009Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest CastInglourious BasterdsWon
2009San Diego Film Critics SocietyBest CastInglourious BasterdsWon
2009Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActressInglourious BasterdsNominated
2009Online Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressInglourious BasterdsNominated
2010Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureInglourious BasterdsWon
2010Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleInglourious BasterdsNominated
2010Volpi CupBest ActressMr. NobodyNominated
2013Newport Beach Film Festival[32]Best ActressUn plan parfaitWon



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  33. ^ Culture

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